A HERVEY Bay retailer described by Meals on Wheels as "the biggest philanthropist this town's got", yesterday handed over a $4000 cheque to the organisation.

Con Souvlis has been saving $5 from each copy of his 2013 biography, King Con, sold over the past seven months.

"I just wanted to give something more to Meals on Wheels," Mr Souvlis, AM, said at yesterday's morning tea hosted by MoW manager Avis Cropley and vice-chairman Ralph Waldock.

"I supported Meals on Wheels way back when it started here 40 years ago and I've been shouting the wonderful volunteers Christmas lunch for many years," Mr Souvlis said.

"Being able to give them this $4000 is just another bit of help for them.

"But it wouldn't have happened unless former Chronicle chief reporter Toni McRae, who wrote my biography, shook my hand six years ago and promised me 'one day, Con, I'll write your life story'.

"Toni kept her word and produced this beautiful book which I am so proud of."

Ms Cropley said the money would go "for something on the organisation's wish list".

Con Souvlis surrounded by Meals on Wheels staff after the presentation of a cheque.
Con Souvlis surrounded by Meals on Wheels staff after the presentation of a cheque. Robyne Cuerel


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